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EastLink sponsors The Backyard in March (Ringwood 13-27 March)

The Backyard in March is an exciting visual and performing arts program (13 March to 27 March) in the heart of the Ringwood arts precinct.

EastLink is sponsoring The Backyard in March to help the local community reconnect with local artists following the pandemic lockdowns of 2020 and 2021.

'The Backyard' is a one of kind outdoor space in central Ringwood that is rarely open to the public. It features a series of murals by renowned local and international female street artists including, “one of the 32 pieces of street art to see before you die" - Vogue Australia.

Following careful COVID-safe protocols, The Backyard in March will provide an opportunity to enjoy the arts in an outdoor setting.

The program will include live music, urban art tours, indigenous art and weaving workshops, and a new production by Fresh Theatre for Social Change with catering provided by social enterprise Holy Cheesus.

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Backyard Fresh Theatre

Fresh Theatre - Bertolt Brecht’s 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Uri’

What happens when truth becomes arbitrary and protection becomes currency?

In this hilarious play about fake news in our farcical post-truth reality where truth takes a backseat to power, influence and control; Arturo Ui changes the landscape in which democracy is founded and corrupts it to suit his will. Welcome to the jungle!
Find out more about these performances and book >>>

Event details

Thursday 17 March to Sunday 27 March

8pm to 10pm

General admission $35 | Concession $30 | School groups (up to 11) $250

Backyard sessions

Music in the Backyard

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the Backyard with some of the best local jazz, folk and Latin bands.
Find out more about music in the backyard sessions >>>

Session details

Sunday 13 March, Sunday 20 March and Sunday 27 March

2pm to 5pm

FREE admission

Backyard art tour

Ringwood Urban Art Tours

Developed in partnership with Eastland shopping centre, the Ringwood Urban Art Tours showcase some of the diverse and ground-breaking public art in the Ringwood arts precinct including works at Ringwood Station, along Maroondah Highway, in the Eastland carpark and the unique Backyard.

The tours highlight the ways in which local, nationally and internationally recognised artists have responded to public spaces in the heart of the Ringwood arts precinct.
Read more and book urban art tours >>>

Tour details

Thursday 17 March, Saturday 19 March, Thursday 24 March and Saturday 26 March

11am to 12:30pm

$10 per ticket

Backyard rock painting

Indigenous Art and Weaving Workshops

Learn traditional weaving and painting techniques from Aunty Daphne Milward and Aunty Irene Norman in two arts workshops in the Backyard. The workshops will run concurrently.

Indigenous boomerang and rock painting workshop

Join Elder Aunty Daphne Milward from the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place for a workshop exploring Indigenous boomerang and rock painting.
Read more and book boomerang & rock painting workshop >>>

Sunday 20 March and Sunday 27 March

10:30am to 12noon

$15 per attendee

Backyard basket weaving

Indigenous weaving workshop

Join Elder Aunty Irene Norman from the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place for a morning of basketmaking using traditional Indigenous weaving techniques.
Read more and book weaving workshop >>>

Sunday 20 March and Sunday 27 March

10:30am to 12noon

$15 per attendee



'The Backyard', Civic Place, Ringwood

The Backyard is a unique outdoor urban space in central Ringwood, rarely open to the public, accessed from Civic Place.

Map showing location of The Backyard in central Ringwood.

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